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The Staff

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset.
Whether booking your appointment, assisting with your eyecare, or helping you with your eye wear needs, they are excited about what they do. They are knowledgeable and care personally about helping you achieve and maintain the clearest most comfortable vision that’s possible.CCOA’s or RO’s Only!
With the exception of our front desk receptionist, all of our team members are Canadian Certified Optometric Assistants (CCOA) or Licensed Registered Opticians (RO). This means they have all attained, and maintain educational qualifications in the eyecare field that make them knowledgeable, skilled, competent providers in assisting our Optometrists with eyecare, and you with eyewear. Please use and trust their honesty and skills. We do everyday!

Cheryl Lockwood

Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant
Cheryl is a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant (CCOA) and has been part of our team since 1998.  Cheryl was born and raised in Lindsay, and along with her husband Bill has stayed in the community to raise their family.  Her interests include spending time with her three daughters, enjoying time...

Jodie Walker

Registered Optician
Jodie is a Registered Optician (RO), graduating from Georgian College in 2006 with her Opticianry Diploma. Jodie has been part of our team since 2010.  As an Optician she works in the dispensary choosing stylish eyewear for each patient, fitting and teaching contact lenses, and edging custom lenses.  She also...

Amy Gaynor

Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant
Amy is a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant (CCOA) that began with our team in 2008.  Her spare time is filled with spending time with famiy and friends and pursuing her interest in photography. Click to Email Me...

Andrea Barker

Registered Optician and Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant
Andrea joined our team in August 2013.  She successfully completed the Canadian Optometric Assistant's Course in July 2014 and her optician's degree in 2018.  She is the voice you will hear when you call to order contact lenses.  Her interests outside of work include horseback riding and spending time with...

Cassie Darroch

Registered Optician
Cassie joined the team at Russell West Optometry in August 2013.  She is a registered Optician, graduating from Georgian College in 2008 with her licensed Optician certification.  She enjoys fitting both eyeglasses and contact lenses. Her spare time is spent with her family on their farm outside of Lindsay....

Kate Baxendale

Reception/Optometric Assistant
Kate brings 24 years of optical experience to our practice, joining the team at Russell West Optometry in 2016. Her interests include curling, hiking, yoga and especially spending time with her grandkids!...

Amanda Coulter

Optometric Technician
Amanda has been apart of our team since October 2016 and enjoys getting to know the patients of Russell West Optometry. She graduated from Centennial College in 2015 with a diploma in Medical Office Administration.  Her interests include photography, kayaking, traveling and spending time with her family and dog!...

Jillian Trider

Optometric Assistant
Jillian joined Russell West Optometry in March 2018.  She brings over 20 years of experience in customer service from various fields. She is currently enrolled in the Canadian Optometric Assistant program offered through the Canadian Association of Optometrists.  Upon completion in June 2019, she will be a certified optometric assistant. ...

Heather Stillaway

Optometric Technician
Heather joined Russell West Optometry in June 2018, right after graduating from the Medical Office Administration program ( with honors!) at Trillium College.  In her spare time, she enjoys being at the lake with her family, adventuring and spending time with friends....

Anna Hill

Anna joined Russell West Optometry in August 2018, following her move back to her hometown of Lindsay. After studying and working in a client focused, creative industry for the last 10 years, she has a strong appreciation for the arts, specifically fibre arts and is an avid botanical dyer, sewer...

Office Closure


Due to the Covid19 pandemic the Ontario Government and College of Optometrists of Ontario mandated several days ago that all Optometry services are to be suspended with the exception of emergency services to support the health care system. However, we are still here to support our patients and community.

With regards to Emergencies and booked appointments we have…

*Set up an Emergency triage system that is checked several times daily. (Contacts Below)

*Contacting all patients with upcoming booked appointments to create rescheduling lists.

We can still support some of your eye care needs…

*Refill Contact Lens Orders – (shipped no charge directly to your front door)

*Refill Dry Eye Products (packaged, and “doorstep pickup” at specific arranged time)

The Lines of Communication are still open and monitored several times daily. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out and we will return your message as soon as we can.